Iconic home of South Africa’s first black president Mandela opens as luxury hotel
18 February 2022 | 8:18 am
To preserve and honour the legacy of South Africa's iconic leader, Nelson Mandela, his home, which was a symbol of his presidency and struggle against apartheid, has now been transformed into a luxury hotel.
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